On this day in 1901 Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. Disney began drawing as a child after his family family moved to Marceline, Missouri. In 1917 Disney dropped out of high school (where he drew patriotic cartoons for the school’s paper) to join the army. At age 16 he was considered too young to join and was rejected. Later he joined the Red Cross and drove an ambulance in France. After returning to the U.S. Disney became an animator in Kansas City where he started creating short animations called Laugh-O-Grams. The first Laugh-O-Grams were modernized versions of fairy tales. While producing the Laugh-O-Grams in his Kansas City Studio, Disney adopted a mouse as a pet that became the inspiration for Mickey Mouse. Disney died of lung cancer on December 15, 1966. To view a Laugh-O-Gram based on Cinderelle click the Youtube video below.
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